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Hereward Primary School holds Key Stage 2 Sports Day

Hereward Primary School has held its Key Stage 2 Sports' Day to decide who would win the Summer Cup.

The day was held in bright sunshine with all children in Years 3-6 divided into the school teams of Kingfishers, Goldfinches, Woodpeckers and Robins.

After an exciting afternoon of events it was the Robins who won the cup.

Physical Education co-ordinator Liz Ladlow said: "It was lovely to see so many smiling children all having fun, enjoying competition and getting fit."


Local yoga teacher runs 100 prize give away

Local yoga teacher Amy Bramble is celebrating the success of her yoga blog and classes by running a 100 prize give away this summer as a thank you to everyone who attends her sessions.  She has managed to secure an incredible selection of prizes including several items of luxury, organic yoga clothing for men and women, natural beauty products, snacks, teas, treatments from local massage therapists and a beautician, scented candles and lots more.

From Monday 20th July through to Saturday 29th August, any adult who attends one of her classes (there are 10 per week) will receive an entry ticket to the prize draw and prize draw party on Friday 4th September at Epping Golf Club.  Everyone is free to attend and enter as many times as they like and with 100 prizes on offer, the chances of taking one home are pretty high.

Amy will also be collecting on behalf of St Clare Hospice throughout the evening.  Amy says, “I’ve been so fortunate to have such incredible support since I began teaching in Epping 3 years ago and I wanted to offer a big thank all those people who’ve been a part of it.  I also love organising events and get-togethers and this was a great chance to arrange a fun night out for all my students.  I’ve been fortunate enough to arrange some incredible prizes from some very generous yoga companies and other organisations and I’m hoping that the fun spirit of the evening will mean people are more than happy to dig into their pockets and donate to our wonderful local hospice at the same time”.

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing supports Alzheimer's Society community roadshow

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing recently attended the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping.

The roadshow aims to increase awareness of dementia and to provide information about the disease to the people of Epping Forest. It began touring the country in 2011 and has reached more than 143,000 people in that time. Almost 2,000 people in the Epping Forest area have dementia and anyone with concerns about their own memory or a family members’ memory were encouraged to drop by with no appointment necessary.

Mrs Laing said: “We know that getting a timely diagnosis and accessing post-diagnosis support is key to ensuring that people with dementia, their families and carers have the best life possible with this terrible disease.

“I thank the Alzheimer’s Society for the important work they do in educating people about dementia and giving advice and support to sufferers and their families. They make a real difference to people’s lives.”

For more information about the Dementia Roadshow visit

The fabulous Jive Aces – the UK’s No. 1 jive and swing band – in a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive

The Jive Aces are set to appear at the biggest UK music festivals this summer, and have just released their 8th studio album ‘Spread a Little Happiness’. They have established themselves as the UK’s top jive and swing band, and on Friday 18 September play at Chingford in support of the National Jazz Archive. 

The Jive Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music (the exciting sound where Swing meets Rock ’n’ Roll) and spectacular stage show. They combine a mixture of fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics – songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner and Sammy Davis, Jr – along with a selection of superb swinging originals taken from their studio albums.
Appearing alongside the Jive Aces are special guests Swing Museum. Inspired by the ‘Hot Club of France’, Swing Museum is a well-known instrumental Jazz Manouche quartet, playing a delightfully authentic version of this sophisticated and refined music from the 1930s and 1940s. By combining the innovative styling of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt with their own foot-tapping original compositions, they make each of their sets unique. 

This concert is on Friday 18 September 2015, and is one of a series during the year to raise funds to support the work of the National Jazz Archive. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £17. 

The venue is Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, London, E4 7EN (500 m from Chingford Station), with parking close by, and good access by bus.

For more information visit, phone 020 8502 4701 or email

Chigwell School Young Musician of the Year Competition

Thirty-eight Chigwell School musicians took part in this year’s Young Musician of the Year Competition. 

The competition ran throughout the day with ten finalists - four junior students and six senior - performing in the finalists concert in the evening. 

The junior section was won by Lucas Abrami-Gill (voice) with Zachary Edwards (piano) highly commended.

The senior section was won by Gopal Kambo (piano) with James Botcher (tenor) highly commended. 

The adjudicator was Jeffery Wilson, a composer, performer and teacher, who currently divides his teaching between the Royal Military School of Music, Cambridge University and the Junior Guildhall.

The school’s Director of Music, Howard Ebden, described the students as “simply stunning”.

He added: “The musicians displayed some sheer brilliance at times, transcending, touching and engaging the listener through a beauty of lyrical lines and technical control. Sitting listening to these young musicians is the best job anyone can have.”

He added: “A sincere thank you to all the music staff and instrumental teachers in the school and a particular special mention to Mr Simon Winters for his wonderful accompaniments through the day (numbering a staggering 62 pieces).”